The funny thing about all those expert opinions: They’re not really based on hard data about actual airline accidents. A look at real-world crash stats, however, suggests that the farther back you sit, the better your odds of survival. Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front.
Ikke minst er leserkommentarene til Mechanics-artikkelen interessante. Først myten om at fly er mye sikrere enn bil:
Most people believe accident rates quoted by air industry: those are rates per billion kilometers. However, the insurance industry uses rates per journey (per person that travels). When you watch those numbers, airplanes are three times more dangerous than cars and 30 times more dangerous than buses. I just added those figures to wikipedia, with references, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_accidents_and_incidents#Safety
Så noen konkrete tips om hva du bør gjøre når noe er i ferd med å gå galt:
I have a friend who works in litigation and who defends airlines when there is a suit in respect of fatalities in an airline crash. Many of the inquiries after such accidents have recommended that seats be installed rear facing which would minimise fatalities. Conclusion on safest place according to the many law suits she has seen are as follows 1. Sit within 6 rows of an exit 2. Preferably in an aisle seat 3. If you have a chance get in the stewardess jumpseat rear facing in front of an exit is the best one. Advice from crash survivors is as follows. Most importantly keep on your shoes in case you need to flee burning plane, plan your exit strategy before you crash. Front or rear of a plane is debatable acording the the type of crash you have